Tag Archives: protest
[8 minutes, New York 2011]
The following recordings combines two different protests which occurred within 24 hours. One protest was announced and failed. The other protest was unpredicted and successful. I don’t know if you can hear the difference between failure and success. I believe that the different energy levels are audible. But don’t trust me. I am speaking to you as a participant, not as a docummentarian.
For this piece, I combined field recordings from two different marches of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Both marches happened during the International Day of Rage on October 15, 2011.
The sound bites depict the highly emotionalized temperature of crowds. I decided to contrast them with a personal narration which adds analytical reflection to the field recordings.
I want to play with two time layers: The spontaneity of the crowd as it is trying to act as one body in present tense, and the individual voice that attempts to revisit sound memories after the march has occured.
The People’s Production House
Occupy Wall Street #1
[8 minutes, New York 2011]
In collaboration with Iva Rad
Iva and I, shot this video during the 5th and 6th day of the occupation of Liberty Square. The Occupy Wall Street movement was inpired by recent uprisings in Spain, Greece, Egypt, and Tunisia which most of us were following online. Despite of the initial media blackout by corporate media, yahoo’s attempt to censor e-mail communication and incredible police brutality, the occupation has been growing in numbers and spreading to other cities in the US and abroad.
This video went viral within few days. We received video responses from all over the world, including Berlin and Belgrad!
NYU Gallatin Galleries (NYC), Red Hook Film Festival (NYC), The Commons – organized by The Brooklyn Filmmaker’s Collective (NYC), ONE WORLD BERLIN Film Festival for for Human Rights and Media – Arsenal Kino (Germany)
Brooklyn Rail, Common Dreams, European Platform for Progressive Politics, Free Speech TV, labournet.tv, Jadaliya Egypt, laournet.tv, The Filmmaker Magazine, The Hunter Envoy, Reflections of a Revolution, Occupy Videos, Occupy.com, Time News Feed, Webdice Japan, ZEIT ONLINE
Soon on the DVD “Mic Check” – an anthology of short documentaries on Occupy Wall Street. Distributed by the Media Education Foundation.
[5 minutes, New York 2011]
Co-editior, in collaboration with an amorphous group of people who at some point had come together as More of the Same
This is the documentation of a confusing action that took place in April 2011, 5 months before Occupy Wall Street started.
Even though we usually think only about Wall Street in Manhattan, most American cities have a street called Wall Street.
On April 10, 2011 a tiny protest group marched on Wall Street in Staaten Island.
In the midst of huge Lefty marches on Wall Street comes this interesting action from some New York comrades: a surrealist march from Wall Street in Manhattan to Wall Street in Staten Island. I’m excited to see these groups challenge the concept of the Wall Street march, an aged action with implications of a centralized Capital, existing deep within bank vaults or in the inhumanity of a small circle of banker’s actions. In reality capitalism exists with the same strength in the skyscraper valleys of Manhattan as the side streets of Staten Island. Capitalism is less a thing being done to the world than a thing we are constantly doing to each other.
Magic Muscle Media
Here’s the communique that you can hear in the voice-over:
This is a direct indirect action, about every dead and reified sign and symbol of capitalism, finance, city, and protest.
The subject exists here and there, the commodity exists here and there, so we will go here and there, but more here …